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Warm Up or Performance Preparation?

Alternatively:
1500hrs: Kick Off
1459hrs: Port.
1458hrs: Quickly figure out who's playing where.
1455hrs: Hastily arranged game of touch.
1452hrs: Boots and shorts on. Forwards randomly tape bits of their anatomy together.
1450hrs: Screech into the car park.

3 Months, 6 Days ago

Friday Funnies - Tryscoring Fail in Polish Club Rugby

Yes. It was a nice touch, but I'm sure we'd all have preferred to see him clatter the cocky bar steward over the dead ball line.

Might try that sneaky turn he did. Can't see it going well for me, but you never know.

3 Months, 6 Days ago

George Ford questions referee decision only to get a sarcastic response

The North.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Sonny Bill Williams gives World Cup winners medal away to young fan, but gets given another one

Exactly. The bloke was just doing his job. And did it exceptionally well too. Totally neutralised the potential threat without doing any harm to the kid.

Two words for Sonny Bill re his "if it were my nephew I'd have given him a hiding" comment:

Monica Seles.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

George Ford questions referee decision only to get a sarcastic response

George, how would you define "complaining" then? Ford's comment, along with the body language, certainly appeared to be a complaint to this observer.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

George Ford questions referee decision only to get a sarcastic response

Spot on by the ref. Both his decision, (which to be fair was easy, seeing as Ford threw it forward at about a 45 degree angle!), and the righteous contempt he showed for the complaint.

We cannot allow this sort of bullshit to get a stranglehold on rugby, it has utterly destroyed football. Whether it's through sarcasm or penalties it doesn't matter; the bullshit must be eliminated from this wonderful game.

On question 3, I reckon Nige would have taken a similar approach and everyone would be celebrating another Owens classic.

Question 3, part b) what would stroudos have done? Changed from scrum to penalty against Ford, secretly hoping that that would piss him off and make him argue more, just so I could march him back 10 metres. This is why officious, humourless pricks like me shouldn't be refs.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Nick Abendanon says England players not backing overseas selection policy is 'pathetic'

@45678 - I think the central contracts horse bolted a number of years ago. The clubs have enough money and influence currently that they'd be mental to relinquish it.

Another option is to have an independent elite entity to run the England team:
http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/34727588

On the re-jig of the northern hemisphere season, I think this proposal has a lot of merit:
http://www.therugbyblog.com/blueprint-for-a-new-northern-hemisphere-season-structure

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Nick Abendanon says England players not backing overseas selection policy is 'pathetic'

Well that's not really the "disruption" that the players already in camp were alluding to. It was a financial thing, where they were implying that they'd declined offers of large salaries to go to France because they were conscious of excluding themselves from England selection if they did.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Highlights and celebrations as All Blacks win successive Rugby World Cup titles

If you're in the UK you can watch the whole game on the ITV website - https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/rugby-world-cup-2015 - or on the "ITV Player" app.

I kept saying it was Sio above; it was actually Kepu that did the high and late tackles.

I think the late one on Carter was around 20-25 minutes in, can't remember now.

In my opinion, the comparison with Lawes v Plisson is a fair one. In both cases my view is that the "already committed sir" defence could be legitimately invoked.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Highlights and celebrations as All Blacks win successive Rugby World Cup titles

One for DrG - and other fans of summary justice for bastards holding on to players and preventing them from getting to the next breakdown:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrmbcQHByUc

Offside Rich on the floor there clearly clinging on to Pocock's leg and stopping him from getting to the ruck. Bosh! A tickle on the forehead with the boot and hey presto he lets go.

I suspect that if Mr Owens et al had seen this stamp on the head, Pocock would have had to leave the field, probably for the remainder of the game - and that's with the score at 3-3... Pretty clear he knew exactly what he was doing and I don't think there could have been any complaints if Nige had shown him a red. However, I think it's extremely UNLIKELY that Offside Rich would have received any punishment for cynically hanging on to Pocock's leg like that.

On a side note, McCaw's head must be made out of concrete - he's been on the receiving end of loads of stuff like this and it never seems to affect him...

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3 Months, 1 Week ago